Joseph Goebbels, Adolf Hitler's close friend and right hand man, was appointed to be Reich Chancellor in Hitler's last will and testament.
After Hitler committed suicide in his bunker, Joseph Goebbels was in the most leader like position as Reich Chancellor, although he was not completely in charge of the Nazi Party in the way that Hitler was as Führer.
Joseph Goebbels knew that the end was near after his leader committed suicide, and was well aware that the position he was promoted to was virtually meaningless at this point in time.
Goebbels was aware that if he escaped his bunker in Berlin, he would not have been able to establish himself as a political leader of Germany.
Instead of running, Goebbels said to the people near him "For us, everything is lost now and the only way left for us is the one which Hitler chose. I shall follow his example."
Goebbels was only appointed as Hitler's successor one day before he too, committed suicide. The only act Goebbels completed as chancellor, was sending a message to General Hans Krebs that was to inform the Soviet's of Hitler's death, and request a ceasefire.